BYOD - Bring Your Own Device
At Hasting Secondary College, we are committed to utilizing new and emerging technologies as a means of enriching the teaching and learning experience and providing a high-quality education to students.
We are always looking for ways to better integrate technology into the classroom and make use of the immense utility that it provides.
What is BYOD?
An abbreviation of Bring Your Own Device, BYOD is an emerging practice in schools that allows students to make use of the technology that they already own in the classroom.
This approach to technology has seen a huge rise in popularity since its formation and has been adopted by both educational institutions and businesses around the world. Studies on BYOD have shown that people using their own devices are more productive due to already being both comfortable and familiar with it.
Our college endeavors to provide students with technology by way of laptop sets, computer labs, device lending, and other methods. The benefit of BYOD is that it allows us to supplement our existing on-site technology and further extend our reach to students.
At the commencement of Term 1 2017 we will be beginning the next stage of our BYOD implementation strategy, which allows all students to bring their devices to school and use them for educational purposes in the classroom so long as they have filled out the necessary paperwork.
It's important to note that BYOD is not compulsory, and students not involved won't be disadvantaged. Class and lesson planning is still and will always be built around resources that we can provide so that all students are catered for. BYOD will only function as complementary to the existing lesson structure.
How can I get involved?
Before students can bring their device to school, they will be required to return a copy of our BYOD Permission Form, signed by both them and a parent/guardian.
In addition, there are also several documents outlining the students' responsibilities in the use of their device at school. These documents must be read prior to signing the permission form, and in doing so they agree to have read, understood, and accepted the conditions and restrictions established in the document.
Once the form has been returned, students can begin connecting their devices to the schools' wireless network. The school has provided a Connection Guide detailing how to do so across a number of different devices and operating systems.
Parents looking to purchase a device for their child are advised to read the BYOD Checklist document, which notes each of the requirements that must be met by a device for it to work on our network.
Links to all documents mentioned above can be found in the sidebar to the right.